Barbados visit of Earl & Countess of Wessex, on behalf of The DofE Award

As reported earlier, Earl & Countess of Wessex have undertaken a visit to 
Barbados and Jamaica on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh Award this week.

Barbados 27th February – 2nd March

    1. First day of the visit (27th February) 

      Their Royal Highnesses, Earl & Countess of Wessex, visited Government House (Bridgetown, Barbados) where they signed the Visitors Book and met the Govenor General Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave and his Wife Lady Loretta Belgrave. Hello Magazine has the best picture so far, you can view it here. The Countess’ dress is just lovely.

      http://gisbarbados.gov.bb/index.php?categoryid=9&p2_articleid=11996
      A. Miller/BGIS

      Prince Edward afterward presented the Duke of Edingburgh Gold Awards to the six recipients of that Award. You can read an article and view pictures of Earl & recipients of the award here. Splash News has exclusive pictures.

      Outfit & jewellery:
      New Gucci Hammered-silk satin dress.
      Amrapali pave diamond earrings, gold bracelet (dates back to 1996 at least) & Heavenly Necklaces citrine bracelet.
      Sophie Habsburg clutch from Chenille collection. 
      Prada Crisscross Platform Sandal in nude.

      Watch by Longines, I believe from “Le Grande Classic” collection.

      2. Second day of the visit (28th February)

        The Countess of Wessex visited two schools for special needs students in The Pine, St Michael.
        HRH visited the Ann Hill School for globally disadvantaged young people aged between 11 and 18. After a brief overview of the school’s history, the Countess toured classrooms, met teachers and students, also admired a display of craftwork. Her visit ended with a moving performance from the school choir of popular Michael Jackson’s song Heal The World and the presentation of craft items offered in a basket (containing a leather purse, a necklace and ceramic wind chimes) also made at the school by the head girl.

        Then Countess walked to the neighbouring Irving Wilson School, where she met Ms Wendy Blackman, the Principal. The school is a specialist school for the blind, deaf and autistic children.
        The Countess met a number of the pupils in their classrooms, and was treated to an impassioned performance of mime and signing by older students, to a recording of Emmerton by The Mighty Gabby. Before she left, HRH was presented with a picture by one of the students.

        UK in Barbados, already kindly shared pictures from today’s visit.  
        You can view their full gallery by clicking on the picture below.

        https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.779506422077306.1073741857.143171562377465&type=3
        Ⓒ UK IN BARBADOS

        ‘Speaking to the media, Principal of the Ann Hill School, Emelda Bell, said it was a pleasure to have The Countess of Wessex visit, noting, “She is very personable.” Meanwhile, in her brief remarks, The Countess of Wessex commended the Ann Hill School’s choir for their lovely rendition as well as expressed appreciation to the schools for warmly receiving her. She also took the time to personally thank past student and pianist, Corey Hunte, for a job well done in accompanying the Ann Hill School’s choir’. Articles about those visits here and here & more pictures here. Daily Express also shared an article about that day, you can read it here.

        Outfit & jewellery:
        Countess wore new Erdem Tali printed silk dress
        Sophie Habsburg Design clutch.
        Diamond studs similar to those by Heavenly Necklaces classic ‘diamond’ studs.
        Links of London charm bracelet & Monica Vinader Fiji Friendship Bracelet ‘Hope’ in sterling silver.
        Jimmy Choo Agnes Court shoes in nude blush.
        ToyWatch TB04 watch.

        In the meantime, The Earl of Wessex, Trustee, The DoE’s International Award Foundation, this morning attended a Meeting in Bridgetown, afterwards visited Barbados Defence Force at St Ann’s Fort, and later attended The DofE’s Cup Golf Tournament at St James. Both, The Earl & Countess attended a Luncheon at the Sandy Lane Golf Resort St James in the afternoon.
        No pictures/articles about those events so far.

        Afterwards TRH attended a Reception to mark the 375 Anniversary of the Parliament of Barbados, at the Parliament Buildings.

        The Royal Commonwealth Society hosted a day of events in Bridgetown. Parade of Cadets, Guides, Scouts, the mounted troupe and the Royal Barbados Police Force band, as well as athletes who will participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The parade continued along St. Michael’s Row to Jubilee Gardens, along Broad St. and end at the eastern gate of Parliament. There, they have been joined by a contingent of Beefeater Guards from London and there was a ceremony for the raising of the 53 flags of the Commonwealth. Articles here & here.

        UK in Barbados, kindly shared pictures from today’s event.  
        You can view their full gallery by clicking on the picture below.
        https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.781704595190822.1073741860.143171562377465&type=1
        Ⓒ UK IN BARBADOS

        In the evening, TRH attended a Dinner for Youth Ambassadors given by the British High Commissioner to Barbados. “Parish Ambassadors from all eleven parishes of Barbados had the unique opportunity to dine with royalty on the evening of 28 February. British High Commissioner Victoria Dean invited all 22 of the young Barbadians to a special buffet supper at her official Residence, to meet Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, as well as a number of senior figures from Barbados”.

         Again, with huge thanks to UK in Barbados, for kindly sharing pictures. 
        You can view their full gallery by clicking on the picture below.
        https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.780524128642202.1073741858.143171562377465&type=1
        Ⓒ UK IN BARBADOS

        Outfit & jewellery
        Both dress & jacket are by Prada. Found the jacket, cannot locate the dress though there are many dresses in same style.
        Shoes, LK Bennett sledge pumps.
        Again,  Sophie Habsburg Design clutch.
        Citrine earrings & bracelet by Heavenly Necklaces, as well as her older solid gold bracelet.
        ToyWatch TB04 watch.

        3. Third day of the visit (1st March)

        The Earl of Wessex visited Barbados Yacht Club in the morning. Later, HRH participated in the Royalist Regatta under the Duke of Edinburg’s Award Scheme, as he has done in 2011. Article in Daily Mail here. Don’t read it, as it is full of mistakes. But few lovely pics!

        The Countess of Wessex was given a tour of The Barbados Olympic Association. The BOA was formed in 1955, then was absorbed into the West Indian Olympic Association in 1958. With the dissolution of the West Indies Federation in 1962, the Barbados Olympic Association, the National Olympic Committee of Barbados, became fully active. In 1968 in Mexico, Barbados, for the very first time, participated as a nation in an Olympic Games. Since those Games, the Barbados flag has flown at all Olympics with the exception of Moscow in 1980. 

        https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Barbados-Olympic-Association-Inc/358396070278
         © Barbados Olympic Association, Countess was fascinated by the wall of posters representing various Olympic Games

        During the visit, The Countess met with staff and executive members and toured the museum.
        Barbados Olympic Association, already shared 2 pictures from Countess’ visit via their Facebook stream. Click on the pics to be redirected to the source. Article about the visit, here. And also here.
        A MUST-READ for all The Countess’ admirers. Beautiful text written after Countess visit to BOA.

        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152212296480279&set=a.419084150278.195801.358396070278&type=1&relevant_count=1
         © Barbados Olympic Association, HRH known for her support of activities involving children, the Countess was as delighted at the multimedia area as the children who tour the museum.
        Later, The Countess of Wessex visited the residence of Mrs Victoria Glynis Dean, 
        British High Commissioner to Barbados & attended meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs’ . 

        The Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) was hosted by the British High Commissioner Victoria Dean at her official Residence on 1 March, as it hosted a forum on the topic Female Entrepreneurs – Rising above the Challenge. Three of the young entrepreneurs brought their products to be exhibited to the forum participants, with bath and body products, jewellery, couture, condiments and blown glass art all on display.” Article here.

         Yet again, with huge thanks to UK in Barbados, for kindly sharing pictures. 
        You can view their full gallery by clicking on the picture below.
        https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.780535435307738.1073741859.143171562377465&type=1
        Ⓒ UK IN BARBADOS

        Outfit & Jewellery
        I must say I enjoyed all the outfits worn by the Countess so far, and that one is extra chic.
        Lovely white blouse by OSMAN YOUSEFZADA Waffle pattern top.
        Navy cigaratte pants. Yet to be ID.
        Prada Crisscross Platform Sandal in nude.
        Black & white pearl earrings, wedding gift designed by Prince Edward, made by Garrard.
        Aqua chalcedonny bracelet by Heavenly Necklaces. No longer available.
        Sophie Habsburg Design clutch.
        ToyWatch TB04 watch.

        In the evening, The Earl & Countess of Wessex attended a Gala Dinner to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Award in Barbados, at the Hilton Hotel, Needham’s Point, St Michael.

        https://www.facebook.com/132468780141459/photos/a.137974859590851.30825.132468780141459/721259967929001/?type=3&permPage=1
        via The Duke Of Edinburgh’s International Award Americas Region Facebook feed

        Outfit & jewellery:
        HRH wore Alexander McQueen Swarovski-Crystal Embellished Gown seen few times.
        Heavenly Necklaces snowflake earrings (bigger version)
        Pumps by Jimmy Choo
        Clutch by Anya Hindmarch bespoke Maud

        4. Fourth day of the visit (2nd March)

        The Earl and Countess of Wessex this morning departed Grantley Adams International Airport, Bridgetown, Barbados, for Jamaica.

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